How to enable the complete touch keyboard layout in Windows 10

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How to enable the complete touch keyboard layout in Windows 10

To enable a standard layout on Windows 10's touch keyboard:

  1. On the touch keyboard, press the keyboard settings icon in the top-left.
  2. Activate the keyboard layout that is second from the right.

Windows 10 displays the touch keyboard automatically whenever you need to input text while using a touchscreen display. You can also activate the keyboard manually from the keyboard icon in the taskbar (right-click the taskbar and check the "Show touch keyboard button" option if you can't see it).

Touch keyboard in windows 10

By default, the touch keyboard provides a simplified typing layout aimed at tablet users. This has large keys but a minimal set of commands and modifiers. Although you can use Ctrl, other important keys like Alt, Tab and F1-F12 are missing.

Touch keyboard in windows 10

You can customise the keyboard to display a complete layout that's reminiscent of a hardware keyboard. Tap a text field or the taskbar keyboard button to bring up the touch keyboard. Press the keyboard settings icon in the top-left of the keyboard. Next, tap the keyboard option that is second from the right to enable the standard layout.

Touch keyboard in windows 10

The keyboard will switch to a regular PC-style layout with a function key row and Ctrl, Alt and Tab keys. You can switch back by tapping the keyboard settings icon in the top-left and this time choosing the left-most keyboard layout. The other two options enable compact floating and split mode respectively, with the final button activating handwriting input.

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